From the first use, it seemed to house a very powerful motor. It’s advertised as having “turbo power” and I’d agree with that to an extent. The main thing is that is has the power to cut through my thick hair in a breeze, and actually cuts as opposed to pulls. The adjustment settings it has are perfectly adequate and each setting locks in to place quite nicely. I know how annoying it is when you aren’t fully convinced that a setting has locked into place and you’re a bit on edge as to whether it will stay at the right length setting! You won’t have that problem with these clippers.
The razor also has a good feel to it in general. It’s no slip grip ensures you can keep a tight hold of it and can guide it how you want. It’s shape fits nicely in the hand and is perfectly comfortable to use.
Another thing worth noting is the battery life. It will last a good 40+ minutes cable free, giving you plenty of time to get the job done without any cables getting in the way.
A side from that, one of my favourite features is it’s ease of cleaning. The blades are self sharpening so they don’t need to be oiled regularly – if at all – and a quick rinse under the faucet generally does the trick. There’s nothing worse than a set of clippers being a massive hassle to clean, even if they do give you an amazing cut.
For those of you with a beard, this actually also works great as a beard trimmer. I hate having to have multiple devices for different purposes, so I tried this out on my beard just as a test. It worked great! Now I just have the one device for all my hair trimming needs!
The actual quality of the blades does give me doubts at times, but that’s only comparing it to the higher end, professional quality models. As mentioned earlier, the power sort of makes up for this and I haven’t experienced a bad cut yet. Sometimes I just feel that if the blades were a tad more sharper then the cut would be even smoother.
In conclusion, it’s really hard to put the Philips Norelco QC5055 at fault, considering it’s cost. I guess the cut on more expensive models would be smoother, but then that’s what you’re paying for. I’ve been completely satisfied with the quality of cut that this razor has given me, and as I say, it’s even suitable for a beard. Overall, a great product by Philips.
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